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The Memo Calendar is your vehicle to publicize community events. Let your Mid-Multnomah County neighbors know about events of interest, meetings, fundraisers and the like. Calendar submissions for the December issue are due Thursday, Nov. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at Or mail your editorial submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Time and distance diminished by online courses
Taking college classes has become even easier with the increased offerings available through the Mt. Hood Community College Distance Learning department.

MHCC offers a wide variety of online credit courses to assist busy students in obtaining their degrees and certificates. New courses have been added in art, biology, business, computer information systems, economics, health and PE, human development, literature, math, medical office, nursing, philosophy and religion, political science, science, speech, theater and writing. There are over 60 sections of new credit classes offered for fall term. These classes can apply toward general education requirements and transfer degrees. For a complete listing of online credit courses offered by term or more information about the Distance Learning program, please visit

Decisions on opening additional sections of online courses are largely based on how many students are on the waitlists. If you are on a waitlist for an online course, you may check class availability by visiting the Web site or contacting the Distance Learning program at

Swim club wants you
Can you swim one length of a pool? Are you looking for a year-round way to improve your swimming and have fun competing with other swimmers your age? David Douglas Swim Club is looking for new members. Come to the tryouts at David Douglas swimming pool, 13035 S.E. Taylor Court on Nov. 12 or 13 at 6:30 p.m. Parents should accompany their children to the tryouts. At the tryouts, children will be evaluated and placed in an appropriate ability group. They will then have the opportunity to practice with the team, free, for one week before making a decision to join.

If these two evenings are not convenient, call Coach Jim Bowe at 503-261-8378 to set up another time.

David Douglas Swim Club is a self-supported organization. New swimmers’ dues are $35 per month plus a once-a-year $46 United States Swimming registration fee. The club holds three practices per week. Swim Club activities include competitive stroke instruction, goal-oriented training and competition around the Portland area.

If you would like additional information, please call the pool office at 503-261-8378, or check out the club Web site at

Free legal services for seniors
Senior Law Project attorneys help clients with civil legal issues. If you have a problem that is a legal issue, SLP may be able to help.

To make a free 30-minute appointment with a lawyer, you must be 60 years or older, or married to someone 60 years or older, and a resident of Multnomah County or have a legal issue in Multnomah County.

For more information, contact Legal Aid Services of Oregon at 503-224-4086.

Easter Seals and environmental concerns on agenda
Russellville Kiwanis meets every Tuesday at noon at Russellville Park, Southeast 103rd Avenue and Burnside Street. To get involved in this community service organization, simply drop in on them for lunch. The November program schedule will include a board meeting on Nov. 6, and guest speakers include David Chevallier of Easter Seals on Nov. 13, Lisa Heigh of Metro Recycling to talk about hazardous waste on Nov. 20, and Jesse Rosenkluth who will discuss the environment and the Columbia Slough on Nov. 27.

To find out more, contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.

Planning for the future
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which includes all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River, will hold a Strategic Planning Workshop on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.

The agenda will include planning district activities and priorities for the next one to five years. The Kennedy School is architecturally accessible for those with physical disabilities. For accommodations for other disabilities, please call 503-222-7645, ext. 100, by Nov. 1. For other information, please call at 503-222-7645, ext. 114.

Planning a party
The David Douglas Senior All Night Party committee meets the second Tuesday of every month. Join in to share your great ideas for the graduation night party. The next meeting is on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Cobra Room, in the district office at 1500 S.E. 130th Ave. If you have questions, please call 503-720-5031.

Make a holiday centerpiece
The Villa Garden Club monthly meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave. After a brief business meeting, Cindi Hurst will demonstrate how to make holiday wreaths and candleholders. Everyone will participate and leave with a lovely creation.

If you are interested in checking out a garden club, this would be an excellent opportunity. Guests are welcome. If you have questions, please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517.

Attend and vote
The Parkrose Business Association general membership meeting is Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Steamers Restaurant and Lounge, 8303 N.E. Sandy Blvd. The luncheon meeting will include board elections.

Family violence to be topic
There will be a meeting of the East Precinct block captains on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the East Precinct Community Room, located at 737 S.E. 106th Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Capt. Chris Uehara, who will provide an overview of the Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division. Learn about the link between child abuse, domestic violence and elder crime and how the officers and staff of Family Services protect our most vulnerable citizens.

All members of the community who are concerned about neighborhood livability and crime reduction are encouraged to attend.

Traffic safety open houses
Join the city of Portland Office of Transportation and Oregon Department of Transportation for three 82nd Avenue of Roses open houses to review the engineering, enforcement and education-based solutions proposed for implementation over the next two years to improve transportation safety along the roadway.

PDOT has spent the past year meeting community, business and neighborhood members, collecting feedback leading to the development of a Transportation Safety Action Plan for the 82nd Avenue of Roses — Portland’s worst high crash corridor. The plan will cover Northeast Killingsworth Street to Southeast Clatsop Street, and will identify improvements within the existing right of way. The proposed improvements will allow the corridor to continue to serve vehicles, transit and pedestrians while utilizing traffic safety tools to reduce injuries and fatalities for all modes of transportation using or crossing this seven-mile stretch of roadway.

The 82nd Avenue of Roses has the highest rate of traffic crashes for an arterial street in the city of Portland. It saw 3,747 reported crashes between 1997 and 2006, including 119 involving pedestrians and 11 fatalities. The Action Plan is intended to provide quick-response solutions to a wide variety of motorist, pedestrian, bicyclist and transit-related transportation safety issues that have been identified along the corridor, through community input and technical analysis.

Following are dates and times for these open houses:
• Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Montavilla Community Center, 8219 N.E. Glisan St.

• Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Parish Room, 3618 S.E. 79th Ave.

• Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fire Station 12/Central Northeast Neighbors’ Community Room, 4415 N.E. 87th Ave.

For more information, please contact Kirsty Hall at 503-823-6981 or

Special events on horizon
The Grotto, Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, offers numerous events this fall.
A monthly Mass and blessing with the relic of Saint Peregrine is offered in the Chapel of Mary on Nov. 4 at noon. Saint Peregrine is the patron saint of victims of cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

As the year progresses into autumn and winter, many find themselves searching for hope and comfort in the increasing darkness and cold temperatures. The Rev. Ignatius Kissel and Sister Val Lewandoski will explore biblical and liturgical expressions of light, grace, gratitude and prayer during a retreat on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Grotto conference center. This retreat will offer time for individual and group reflection, and silent time for prayer. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and tokens to the upper-level gardens. Call 503-254-7371 or e-mail to register.

The Grotto’s 20th annual Christmas Festival of Lights is scheduled for Nov. 23-Dec. 30 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The festival welcomes all who seek the true spirit and meaning of Christmas. Through the presentation of spectacular lights, hourly music concerts, outdoor caroling, a petting zoo, a puppet theater and other family entertainment, The Grotto’s festival surrounds visitors with the traditional sights and sounds of this wondrous holiday season. General admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free.

Mill Park pizza night
Mill Park Elementary School is hosting a pizza night on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Papa’s Pizza, Southeast 162nd Avenue and Stark Street. On that day, Papa’s Pizza will donate 50 percent of all food purchases to Mill Park. Drop in for pizza and fun. Please mention that you are there to support Mill Park when you place your order.

Youngsters rock the house for homeless children
A benefit concert by kids for kids will be held at Tupelo Joe’s, 10721 N.E. Sandy Blvd., from 2 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.17. The Gunnar Roads Kids for Community Benefit Concert will be a family-friendly event to benefit the Community Transitional School.

The Norman Sylvester Band will headline the event. He will be joined by a host of talented young musicians from Portland, Vancouver and Eugene, including The Shivas, The Ben Rice Band, The Ty Curtis Band, and Gunnar Roads, a 13-year-old guitarist and vocalist who will co-host the event, along with Tupelo Joe’s.

Gunnar Roads has performed at many of the region’s top live music venues and festivals, including the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. A recent addition to Portland’s blues scene, Roads has received a lot of support from the local blues community, including nomination for a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award for Best New Act in 2007.

Five-dollar donations collected at the door, as well as a raffle and a silent auction, will raise money for the Community Transitional School.

Community Transitional School, 5441 S.E. Belmont St., is a private K-8 school dedicated to the needs of children whose families are homeless or living in transition throughout the Portland metro area. Its purpose is to provide these at-risk children with a stable, supportive environment that promotes both their personal and academic growth. Founded in 1990, the school serves about 200 children every year. Along with a core academic program, the school provides bus rides to and from school for its students, no matter how often their families move; breakfast and lunch each school day; clothes, personal hygiene items and school supplies; and access to health care. It is a 501c3 nonprofit.

For more information about Community Transitional School, visit or contact Marcia Harris, development coordinator, at

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